Lauren Rowles MBE is a Rio 2016 Paralympic Rowing Champion.
Within just a year of rowing, and alongside studying for her A-Levels, Lauren earned herself a spot on the GB Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Team.
Along with her rowing partner Laurence, they set a new World Best Time of 3.52.16 in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls.
On the 11th September 2016 Lauren and Laurence won Gold to become the new Paralympic Champions.
“Lauren made time to speak to everybody and we know how inspiring our staff found her story. Thanks so much for helping to make the evening a success.”
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
In February 2012, having gone to bed completely able bodied, Lauren woke one morning paralysed from the waist down.
Lauren was diagnosed with the rare neurological disease Transverse Myelitis.
Following 7 months of intensive medical treatment and rehabilitation Lauren returned home.
Whilst watching the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Lauren was inspired and soon after started training with the University Of Warwick Wheelchair Racing Academy.
In 2014 Lauren was selected for her first Senior International event.
At 16, and the youngest member of Team England’s athletics squad, Lauren competed at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the T54 Women’s 1500m Athletics event, qualifying for the final.
After being talent scouted by the GB Rowing Team, in early 2015 Lauren made the switch to Rowing.
Five months after taking her first stroke she was selected to represent Great Britain at the Senior World Rowing Championships.
After winning their repechage Lauren and her rowing partner Laurence Whiteley, qualified the first British boat for the Rio 2016 Games.
A day later Lauren and Laurence became World Championship Silver Medallists, being only half a second off the Gold medal.
Lauren’s long term aim is to retain her title in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Lauren Rowles is an experienced keynote speaker and offers a unique insight into her journey and sporting career.
Lauren is incredibly versatile and tailors her talks to the client’s needs.
Speaking topics include:
- Achieving your dreams and goals
- Teamwork and Leadership
- How to deal with the strains and joys of success
- Overcoming Adversity
Alongside rowing Lauren Rowles is a full time student reading Law at Oxford Brookes University.